Cambridge Medical Center president looks forward to new venture

With more than more than 25 years of health care leadership experience, Gary Shaw is excited to begin as president of Cambridge Medical Center.

Shaw, who began in his position May 6, has been busy making his way around the community and recently visited with the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Club. fr_Shaw

Shaw is replacing Dennis Doran, who served in the position for 13 years before retiring May 5. Doran spent 44 years in the medical field.

“It’s a sad day to see someone in Dennis’ stature retire,” Shaw said. “I think people lead by example, and Dennis did some wonderful things while serving as president of Cambridge Medical Center. He has been very helpful during this transition, and I think we will have a long-lasting friendship.”

Prior to starting in Cambridge, Shaw served as administrator of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, a 150-bed Level II trauma center. During his leadership of Alaska Native Medical Center, the medical center’s primary care arm, Southcentral Foundation, was awarded the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award.

Prior to his position in Alaska, Shaw was the vice president of operations at Bayhealth Medical Center, Delaware. He said he was actively involved in the Rotary while in Delaware.

“I was in Delaware for six years, and most of the Rotarians were best friends with each other,” Shaw said. “The cause and mission of Rotary is phenomenal, and it’s truly a wonderful organization to become involved with.”

Shaw and his wife, Trisha, have two grown children and recently bought a home in Stanchfield.

Shaw was born in Germany and lived in Alaska from 1957 to 1970. His father was an air force pilot, who later became owner of a Bush airplane company and later took a job with Air America.

Shaw went to junior high and high school in Bismark, N.D. Following graduation, he enrolled in the U.S. Navy. Shaw began his health care career as a Navy corpsman and traveled all over the world during his military service. He spent many years as a naval officer and administrator of Navy hospitals in Florida and Tennessee. He retired as a Navy lieutenant commander after 20 years.

“Because of good mentors, I am where I am today,” Shaw said. “And as Rotarians, we also need to serve as good mentors. Because of my experiences with the Navy and health care, I’ve been able to see the health care industry across the United States, as well as all over the world.”

Shaw also served as the CEO of Billings Clinic/North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, Wyo., and later as the corporate director of regional operations for the same system of hospitals and clinics.

“The Billings Clinic was in a very rural health care environment,” Shaw said.

Shaw said he was impressed with the area when he came for his interview in January.

“The medical center here is fabulous and has an integrated model of physicians,” Shaw said. “It has clearly recognized and gone to a level that meets the needs of a growing and developing community.”

Shaw said the first three months on the job will be spent familiarizing himself with the medical center and meeting with different community members.

“I’m viewing this new position as an opportunity to learn,” Shaw said. “Dennis has been great during this transition, and I would like to thank him for all the time he’s spent with me. I’m looking forward to spending my first 90 days listening and learning. I will also become a member of the Cambridge-Isanti Rotary Club and participate with you on all the fine things you are doing. I’m really happy to be here and becoming a part of a great community.”